MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
8/30/2016 Jonathan Villar, Mil, SS
Villar doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice in Monday's loss to St. Louis.

Analysis: Now tied for fifth in the NL with 33 doubles, Villar also continues to sport an average hovering around .300 to go along with 50 stolen bases during this breakout campaign. He's now hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games at Miller Park.
8/30/2016 Zach Davies, Mil, P
Davies matched a career high with nine strikeouts while allowing three runs in a 6 1/3-inning no-decision Monday against St. Louis.

Analysis: The right-hander endured a rough patch when being hit hard while losing back-to-back starts to Cincinnati and the Cubs earlier this month, but he's now been solid in two straight outings since. Davies fanned eight while tossing six innings of one-run ball to defeat Colorado on Wednesday.
8/30/2016 Orlando Arcia, Mil, SS
Arcia hit his second major league homer in the Brewers' loss to St. Louis on Monday.

Analysis: The heralded shortstop prospect is heating up after a slow start to his big league career. Arcia has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 8 for 22 with those two homers and six RBIs during that span.
8/30/2016 Randal Grichuk, StL, CF
Grichuk continued his recent power display by belting a game-tying two-run homer during the eighth inning of St. Louis' come-from-behind win at Milwaukee on Monday.

Analysis: Since returning from the minors on Aug. 11, Grichuk has amassed seven homers and 14 RBIs while hitting .305 with a 1.130 OPS in 16 games.
8/30/2016 Jedd Gyorko, StL, 2B
Gyorko homered again while finishing 2 for 4 in Monday's win at Milwaukee.

Analysis: That makes three homers in five games and eight in the last 15 for Gyorko, whose 16 long balls since the All-Star break are tied with Minnesota's Brian Dozier for the most in the majors. He's also knocked in 14 runs and scored 14 times over that 15-game power surge.
8/30/2016 Carlos Martínez, StL, P
Martinez struck out a career-high 13 while allowing a run and four hits over six innings Monday in Milwaukee, though he was denied a win after the Cardinals' bullpen blew a 3-1 lead in the seventh.

Analysis: The no-decision is a bit disappointing for Martinez owners, but they can't complain about the way the talented right-hander has performed of late. He's permitted just three runs in 21 innings over his last three starts, striking out 25 and yielding only 11 hits over that dominant stretch.
8/30/2016 Ichiro Suzuki, Mia, RF
Suzuki went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's loss at the Mets.

Analysis: A good sign for the future Hall of Famer, who was 1 for 17 over his previous seven games and hasn't been as effective since being pressed into more playing time due to injuries.
8/30/2016 Xavier Scruggs, Mia, 1B
Scruggs recorded two hits and an RBI for a second straight game in Monday's loss at the Mets.

Analysis: The 27-year-old is now hitting .346 with a .433 on-base percentage in 10 games since being promoted from the minors and could continue to receive regular playing time at first base until the injured Justin Bour is ready to return.
8/30/2016 José Fernández, Mia, P
Fernandez struck out six over six effective innings Monday against the Mets, but left with the game scoreless and the Marlins went on to lose 2-1 in 10 innings.

Analysis: Fernandez now hasn't allowed a run in 13 innings over his past two starts, a streak he'll carry into an interleague start at Cleveland on Saturday. The Miami ace is just 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA on the road.
8/30/2016 Rafael Montero, NYM, P
Called up for a spot start, Montero worked around six walks to hold Miami scoreless through six innings in a no-decision on Monday.

Analysis: Montero was filling in with the Mets opting to skip Jacob de Grom's turn in the rotation, but won't hold any real fantasy value unless given a regular role.
8/30/2016 Jake Thompson, Phi, P
Despite delivering the best of his five major league starts, Thompson was dealt a third straight loss in the Phillies' 4-0 defeat to Washington on Monday. The top prospect held the Nationals to two runs and walked just one while lasting a career-high seven innings.

Analysis: Though this performance was certainly encouraging, Thompson still owns a 7.86 ERA and has issued nearly five walks per nine innings since being called up earlier this month. He'll have a chance to build off Monday's effort in a home start against lowly Atlanta on Sunday.
8/30/2016 Danny Santana, Min, CF
Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained left shoulder, an injury suffered when he collided with left fielder Robbie Grossman in the first inning Sunday.

Analysis: The Twins won't miss much offensively without Santana, who is 2 for 26 with 11 strikeouts in his last nine games.
8/30/2016 Jayson Werth, Was, LF
Werth helped the Nationals to a 4-0 victory Monday at Philadelphia with his third homer in four games.

Analysis: Seven of Werth's 19 homers have come in August, his most of any month this season, and he's produced five RBIs and five runs scored while hitting safely in four straight games.
8/29/2016 Tanner Roark, Was, P
Roark dominated the Phillies on Monday to record his 14th win. The right-hander yielded four singles and a walk while striking out five over seven scoreless innings.

Analysis: The overlooked member of Washington's star-studded rotation, Roark has quietly led the NL with 10 wins and 102 1/3 innings pitched since June 11. He's been especially good of late, compiling a 5-1 record and a 2.36 ERA over his last seven starts.
8/29/2016 Andrew Miller, Cle, P
The move to acquire Miller is certainly paying off as he notched another scoreless outing Monday against Minnesota.

Analysis: In 11 appearances with the Indians, Miller is 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA, two saves and has allowed six hits in 13 innings with one walk and 22 strikeouts.
8/29/2016 Trevor Plouffe, Min, 3B
Plouffe has been a bright spot in an ugly stretch for the Twins and had two hits for the third straight game Monday in a 1-0, 10-inning loss at Cleveland.

Analysis: Plouffe is 7 for 16 with two homers and five RBIs in his last four games, pushing his average up to 262 after it was as low as .234 in mid-June.
8/29/2016 Corey Dickerson, TB, LF
Dickerson was a bright spot Monday in a 9-4 loss at Fenway Park, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run.

Analysis: Dickerson is 8 for 16 with a homer, five doubles, four RBIs and six runs in his last four games.
8/29/2016 Nick Franklin, TB, LF
Franklin had another multi-hit effort in Monday's 9-4 loss at Boston, going 2 for 4.

Analysis: August has been very kind to Franklin, who is 17 for 49 (.347) with four homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games this month. He has four three-hit games in that span.
8/29/2016 Travis Shaw, Bos, 3B
Shaw hopes he busted out of a slump with a season high-tying three hits Monday in a 9-4 win over the Rays.

Analysis: Shaw entered Monday in a 2-for-20 skid and hadn't had a multi-hit game since Aug. 4.
8/29/2016 Rick Porcello, Bos, P
Porcello beat the Rays 9-4 on Monday to become the majors' first 18-game winner. He also became the first Boston pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 in Fenway Park.

Analysis: Porcello is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts, a span during which he has walked three and struck out 33. He's 12-1 with a 3.16 ERA in his past 19 outings.
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